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NEWS NOTES (1914-1918)
During World War I, farmers were often so desperately in need of help to get their crops harvested that some soldiers were given leave from the army to assist them. For their farm assistance they received wages from the farmer as well as their regular army pay.
Reserve "Militia Rifle Teams" were organized in Portage la Prairie. Alfred Babb and J. O. Cadham, hardware merchants, loaned the rifles for practice.
On Sept. 10, 1914, the Weekly Manitoba Liberal said - "Por tage is one of the first if not the first city in Western Canada to make it compulsory that all dairy cows must have a tubercular test before a license will be granted for the sale of milk."
In January, 1916, Manitoba became the first Canadian Province to enfranchise women.
The Assiniboine River assumed flood proportions in 1916. Some farmers were driven from their homes when the river rose three feet in less than two hours. Communication with the Island was cut off.
An Order-in-Council passed at Ottawa August 10, 1918, stated that burning of straw was prohibited as it was needed to conserve livestock.
Many noteworthy events occurred around 1918.
City council held a sale of all city property on which taxes were more than two years in arrears. The sale was conducted by city clerk Grieve. Only 115 of 731 parcels were sold and none brought more than the amount of taxes against it. Largest purchasers were William Richardson, Alex Bodnar, T. Rowe and J. Joyce.
T. Wishart won two second prizes, one for regular oats and one for oats in sweepstakes at International Farm competitions held in Kansas City.
Chief McIntyre had voluntarily assumed charge of all stooking gangs in the Portage area for the fall as a patriotic service. Manitoba crops were being estimated at 145 million bushels. Manpower shortage was still evident on the homefront and stookers and harvest helpers were urgently needed.
Rural council of Portage Ia Prairie crea ted the new school district of Gainsborough, and also prepared to build a road to Delta, providing right of way could be obtained from the C.P.R.